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Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine
Structural and functional organisation of the brain (INM-1)

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In order to do address the enormous complexity of the human brain, our approach is to integrate cyto- receptorarchitectural, genetic and functional as well as PLI-based maps into a multimodal atlas. For this purpose, we develop methods in the fields of image analysis, 3D reconstruction, artificial neural networks and big-data analysis with supercomputing.

The "Big Brain", an ultra-high resolution brain model, and the Julich-Brain, a cytoarchitectonic atlas reflecting variations in brain structure, are results of our research.

We make our brain maps available to the scientific community and they are part of the HBP Human Brain Atlas. They can be combined with neuroimaging data via the Anatomy Toolbox.

With our research we want to contribute to understanding the basics of mental abilities and to identify the mechanisms and structures behind them.


Julich-Brain Science

Julich-Brain Atlas 2.0

INM-1 scientists publish three-dimensional atlas of the human brain. More: Julich-Brain Atlas 2.0 …

Bild für Julich-Brain Webtool


Cytoarchitectonic maps in a three-dimensional atlas of the human brain. Julich-Brain: Julich-Brain …

Big Brain

Focus of HIBALL

The three-dimensional virtual brain is based on information from more than 7,400 tissue sections, each of them a mere 20 micrometres thick, that were obtained from a human brain. More: Focus of HIBALL …

Polarized Light Imaging (3D-PLI) – Hoch aufgelöste Bildgebung der Faserbahnanatomie des menschlichen Gehirns mit polarisiertem Licht

Fiber Architecture

3D-Polarized Light Imaging (3D-PLI) reveals the nerve fiber architecture of mammalian brains at microscopic scales in a unique way. More: Fiber Architecture …

SPM Anatomy toolbox: Zytoarchitektonische Wahrscheinlichkeitskarten zur Gegenüberstellung mit Ergebnissen aus der funktionellen-Bildgebung

SPM Anatomy toolbox

Combining probabilistic cytoarchitectonic maps and functional imaging data SPM Anatomy toolbox: SPM Anatomy toolbox …

Sprechen als komplexe Gehirnleistung

Neuroanatomy of Language

Linking ideas and words. Neuroanatomy of Language: Neuroanatomy of Language …